” I’m not Josie Grossy anymore”
Yes, a few nights ago my wife subjected me to the movie “Never Been Kissed” with Drew Barrymore. I had seen the movie before, but I guess this quote just resonated with me more than the first time I heard it. Drew’s character Josie is now 25 years old but has never let go of the teasing and ribbing that she received from the popular girls in high school. They told her that she wasn’t pretty and she wasn’t acceptable.
Of late I have been heartbroken by the burden that teenage girls and young women face to become what our society calls sexy or beautiful. So many of them are looking for acceptance and looking to become what photographers, television producers, music executives, hiphop artists and magazine editors say they should be.
How long will girls buy into this lie and how long will we as guys feed into this by our words and actions? My hope is that girls will begin to believe the truth of God’s Word that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and that God’s love is unconditional and is not based on who you think you should be but He loves who you are. Not who you can become, but He loves who you are, just as you are.
There is a song written by a great friend of mine named Josh Martin, who has blessed me in so many ways. Josh wrote this song after meeting a 15-year old girl who was cutting herself because she didn’t think she was pretty.
Unmask your eyes
And I don’t want to hear otherwise
Your smile it brings joy to each day
And the lies of the past they will soon fade away
And bring a new beginning
You have been given
Something that is bigger
Than what you’ll ever see in a mirror
You have been trusted
With a beauty that is something
That will never be uncovered in a picture
What you see is not what you get
Cause by the looks of things
You’re more than I know
You’re more than you show
You’re more than this world
Has ever given you credit for
You’re gifted you’re talented
Oh so compassionate
You just seem to be hiding
Won’t you come out of hiding
Why do you run
Why do you hide
From the beauty you have
From the treasure that lives inside of you
Girls… God loves you the way you are and he made you beautiful. Don’t let the lie of the culture rob you of joy and fulfillment in who you are. You more than this world gives you credit for.